Travellers Information

Official Language

The official language is French.

Currency

France is a member of the European Monetary System, and the previous currency Franc was replaced by the Euro (€) on January 2002.

Exchange

Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. Travellers’ cheques and currency can be changed at exchange bureaux or at hotel receptions. Automatic changing and cash dispensing machines linked to international networks are also widely available.

Sales Tax

Sales tax (VAT) is included in prices quoted (20% in most cases, 5,5% in food). For non EU residents, tax free shopping schemes are available in many shops, which give substantial savings to visitors.

Climate

The average maximum daily temperature and average minimum temperature in the Toulouse area in September/October are 22ºC / 72F (high) and 15ºC / 59F (low).

Time Zone

The time zone in France is GMT+1 in winter time, GMT+2 in summer time.

Electric Current

France standard is the European type, 2 pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles. The phase 380 volt current is normally available in meeting rooms and exhibition halls.

Accessibility

Toulouse International Airport (Blagnac) is located close to the city centre (8 km), about 15-20 minutes transfer to most of the centrally located hotels. The Airport is served by daily direct flights operated by the traditional air lines as well as by many of the low cost companies operating in Europe.

The Toulouse Underground (Metro) has a station just outside the arrival hall. There is also an Airport shuttle bus with several stops in the city centre, every 30 minutes.

Public Transportation

The joint fleet of the public transportation companie (buses, trams and underground) covers the entire city with regular bus and tram routes as well as underground lines.